Viral Video Friday: Awesome Documentary Opening


The documentary is “Europe In 8 Bits” takes a look at “chip” music and how it’s growing in Europe.  Many musicians are looking back to old school videogame hardware like NES, Amiga, Commodore 64, Sega Master System, etc and using them to create new sounds.  What catches the eye is the animated 8-bit opening to the documentary.  Here’s a look:

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The Live Action Jem & The Holograms

jem and the hologramsIf you grew up in the 1980s, you might remember the cartoon show Jem & The Holograms and now there will be a live-action reboot by Jon M. Chu, Jason Blum and Scooter Braun.

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Welcome to Cobra Island! Cobra La La Laaaa!

cobra rap songHere’s a neat little fan film music video for G.I. Joe enemies Cobra.  Artist Wordburglar raps all things Cobra with “Rap Viper (Welcome to Cobra Island)”.  I liked the fact that Cobra Commander is the DJ mixmaster.


Freestyle Breaking Session with Project Prepix Asia

freestyle breakingLike Jackie Chan’s “Drunken Master” flicks, this international break crew Project Prepix Asia gets their drink on and shows-off some hip-breaking moves:

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A Graphic Novel for the EDM Festival Tomorrowland

tomorrowlandOne of the great yearly weekend music festivals these past few years takes place in Belgium – the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) Festival known as Tomorrowland.  Now dance fans and comic book aficionados come together in this genre mixing story Tomorrowland from writer Paul Jenkins (Wolverine: Orgin).  Originally printed as a 4-issue mini-series this past summer 2013 by Titan Comics, now we get the whole saga in one volume in this hardbound trade – Tomorrowland.  It’s like Glastonbury getting its own graphic novel!  Tomorrowland follows DJs Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike on their DJ gigs as they battle evil from other dimensions on this cosmic/portal opening/spiritual/metaphysical journey to save Earth!  It’s kind of like the anime The Super Dimension Fortress Macross and Macross Frontier (or Macross Plus, or just whatever Macross incarnation/reboot you prefer) as the heroine uses her singing prowess to stop war and save the universe.

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Tracklist 1 – Epic Stadium-Masher: 1. Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie – This Is What If Feels Like [Audien Remix], 2. Zedd feat. Hayley Williams – Stay The Night [Extended Mix], 3. Adventure Club – Do I See Color [Dubstep Mix], 4. NERVO – You’re Gonna Love Again [Extended Version], 5. Coldplay – Every Tear Drop Is A Waterfall [Swedish House Mafia Remix], 6. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing [Extended Mix], 7. ATB feat. Ramona Nerra – Never Give Up [Club Mix], 8. Filo & Peri feat. Eric Lumiere – The Anthem [John O'Callaghan Remix, 9. David Guetta feat. Usher - Without You, 10. Armin van Buuren & DJ Shah feat. Chris Jones - Going Wrong, 11. Alice Deejay - The Lonely One [Hit Radio Mix], 12. Ian Van Dahl – Will I [UK Radio Edit], 13. Benny Benassi feat. Kelis, & Jean-Baptiste – Spaceship, 14. Kaskade feat. Rebecca & Fiona – Turn It Down, 15. Avicii – Levels [Extended Version] and 16. Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin – Don’t You Worry Child [Extended Version].


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DVD release of “I RIDE”- A biker documentary by Daron Ker

I RIDE has just been released on and you can find it at your local participating WalMart, but what I’d like to tell you here is my personal take behind the making of the film.

2011 I RIDE documentary Screening - Johnny Moreno - Daron Ker -  Marcus BrunoDocumentary filmmaking can be tough, unpredictable at times, and you have to capture it as best as possible every step of the way.

I’ve had the opportunity to take part in the making of Daron Ker’s “I Ride” and I would like to tell you my experience from the past to the present. There were moments that I had to endure and moments that I enjoyed behind the making of the film, because the physical path, the communications involved and the decisions made during filmmaking is what ends up shaping the story.
Initially I was introduced to Daron Ker and Marcus Bruno through Stephen Jang. We all had nine to five jobs and Daron was the only one at the time with funds to begin making a film about a biker band that played to America’s motorcycle culture movement. The inception to make I RIDE began by meeting the Fryed Brothers Band back in 2005.

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Five Knives with “The Future”

Five Knives - The FutureHere is the Five Knives music video – “The Future.”

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K-Picks: A roundup of Kpop tunes

kpop christmasIt’s been a very busy Holiday season and their have been a slew of Kpop releases this past couple of weeks, so this K-Picks, I’m doing a round-up of top Kpop tunes you should playing on your iPod.

Another solid R&B/Pop jam from the Brave Brothers production outfit.   Shin Ji Hoon (신지훈) sings Hurtful(아프고 아프다) a melancholy mid-tempo track.

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Sights, Sounds and Music Thru Tokyo

japanTake in the sights and visuals of Tokyo with music and sounds remixed by musician and video artist Kutiman.

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Viral Video Friday: Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” in Klingon

never gonna give you upJust like how actor Michael Hasselhoff is popular in Germany with his bubblegum pop songs, we now know that Rick Astley is also popular in galaxy far away on the Klingon planet Qo’noS.

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K-Picks: VIXX and OKDAL – Girls, Why?

vixxOur Kpop pick of the week is from a boy band and girl band collaboration.  The single “Girls, Why?” features Kpop group VIXX and indie duo group OKDAL.

For more details on VIXX, go to:  VIXX.


Kpicks: More girl groups & boybands!

bpbopOn the replay button on my iTunes is BPPOP(비피팝) with their second single 다퉜어 (Never Ever Let Me Go).  This groups looks to hit the Kpop charts with this mid-tempo R&B ballad.

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K-Picks: Only One by JYJ

jyjThe Kpop boyband JYJ is back after a long hiatus of sorts with a new bubbly pop dance number.  The “Only One” will the theme song for the 2014 XVII Asiad (Asian Games) which will take place in Incheon, South Korea during September 19 through October 4, 2014.

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K-Picks: Let it Rain(비가 와) by ELECTROBOYZ(일렉트로보이즈)

electroboyzA new track “Let It Rain” by urban hip-hop group Electroboyz.  Famed production outfit Brave Brothers took part in the making of this song of heartbreak love.  This single looks to crack the Kpop Billboard charts.

For more info, go to:  LOEN Music.

K-Picks: Airplane (에어플레인) – Give Me A Chance (전화 좀 받어)

airplaneKpop boyband Airplane just released this uptempo pop rap track and is definitely a Kpick for me this week as I’m hitting the replay button on my iTunes player.  Plus I love the guitar riff and chorus.  This is their second single – Give Me A Chance and this song hopes to crack the Kpop Billboard charts.

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Enter the world of Atmosphere by Kaskade

kaskade atomsphere“America’s Best DJ 2013″ Kaskade just dropped his latest album – Atmosphere.  Pick up the album @ iTunes – the Deluxe Edition features 13 tracks, 1 Atmosphere remix track and included Atmosphere music video.

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Girls’ Generation Galaxy Supernova

girls generationGirls’ Generation are back with a new dance single – Galaxy Supernova.  The single will be released on 09/18/13.

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K-Picks: Tonight by SPICA

spicaThe past couple of weeks in our garage office of Retrenders our team was blasting Kpop songs from Kpop girl group Crayon Pop, now we are listening to SPICA.

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K-Picks: Crayon Pop 크레용팝 빠빠빠 (Bar Bar Bar)

crayon pop bar bar barAccording to my friend in South Korea, this is the latest and hottest girl group on the Kpop charts – Crayon Pop with “Bar Bar Bar”!  The song went viral and straight to Number 1 on the Kpop Billboard charts.  The 5 members are:  Baek Bo-Ram, Kim Min-Young, Heo Min-Jin, Heo Min-Seon, Park Hye-Kyeong and Sekine Arisa.

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Pitch Perfect Special Edition DVD @ Target

Pitch Perfect DVD

If you haven’t seen Pitch Perfect then you must see it! It’s outrageous fun and it’ll keep you singing. This Limited-Edition Target Exclusive is too awesome for any Pitch Perfect and Anna Kendrick fans! The Aca-Awesome Pitch Perfect package comes along with the DVD, The “Cup” from the famous scene, two markers, 1 pencil and the Bellas’ sunglasses.

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Ramen and a Half @ Jpop Summit 2013 SF

jpop summit pamyu pamyu

Jpop Summit 2013 was held in San Francisco’s Japantown and Union Square districts simultaneously on July 27-28, 2013. The Ramen crew was there to check out this thriving event. We also see Eddie hyped up for Jpop superstar singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Ramon tasting some drinks and having a frightening fun interview with “The Killer Wolf.”

Jpop Summit Festival 2013 in SF Japantown

jpop summit logoWow it’s already the end of July and we’re half way through the year.  Our Retrenders team will have a busy weekend in the Bay.  The Jpop Summit Festival 2013 will be held in San Francisco’s Japantown and Union Square from 11:00am-6:00pm both Saturday and Sunday July 27-28, 2013.

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Saturday Performance : Ensambles performs “The Paintings of Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in Movement”

Dances of Mexico with the collaborative artistry of Ballet!

Some purist say traditional folkloric dances shouldn’t be changed because it changes the theme of originality. That’s fine, but as time moves on, dances take on new meaning in context to moments in one’s life and this is exactly what Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco has done for their piece, “Las Pinturas de Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo en Movimiento”, that will be showcasing this Saturday! – July 27, 2013 2PM & 8PM at the Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater in San Jose, CA.

For tickets click here

I attended last year’s performance and I’m thankful that I did! I was amazed by the elaborate and vibrant colors of costumes, traditional dances and the interjected dramatic collaboration of ballet pieces into the show to tell you the story of Diego y Frida through dance.

ensambles postcardEnsambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco will be performing their show titled, “Las Pinturas de Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo en Movimiento/The Paintings of Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in Movement”  in collaboration with U.A.R.T. ( United Artist Repertory Theater )of San Jose CA., and Vinic-Kay (La Gente y El Canto) musical group at the Mexican Heritage Plaza. This innovative dance production is directed by award winning artistic director Zenon Barrón.  Barrón has taken on the challenge of bringing the works of two of Mexico’s most renowned artists to life.  Along with providing us with masterpieces representing Mexico’s complex history, Diego and Frida lived fascinating lives that are put on display in this cutting edge performance.  The production features contemporary and traditional costumes and movements that reflect the diversity of Mexico that was much valued by Diego and Frida.

Interviews were conducted by Retrenders Spotlight host Alberto Morales. Video was produced and edited by Johnny Moreno.

SDCC 2013 Panels

sdccIf you weren’t able to make it to SDCC 2013. Here’s some cool panels to watch from San Diego Comic-Con. So, if you want to take a long cubicle work break, sit in a comfy chair and grab a headphone and watch away!

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Reading Songs That Saved Your Life: The Art of the Smiths 1982 – 87

Songs That Saved Your Life

It all started with my brother. I was just a kid in the 1980′s and most of my musical knowledge at that time sprouted from my older brother’s record collection. An album he absolutely cherished in late 1986 was The Queen is Dead by The Smiths, who I’ve heard of earlier when he purchased their previous album Meat is Murder. I didn’t pay any mind to Meat is Murder since I foolishly passed it off as another group in his British collection – like another Duran Duran or maybe similar to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Boy was I dead wrong.

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